I have savings bank account in which the interest is being received. I have two uncles; one is my father’s brother other one is my father’s cousin, both are unmarried (above age 45) and do not have any stable source of income. However, they both own and live in their respective houses which they cannot sell due to the share of their other brothers in the same properties. Can I help my these uncles with the interest money received on savings account, without any intention on any reward? I also think that even if I were not receiving the interest, I would help my one uncle (father’s brother) but not the other (father’s cousin). 1. Can I help both of them with this interest money or the cousin one only? 2. Also can we give them the zakah money (although they have share in the houses)?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 602/620/M=5/1438)

If both the said uncles are poor and eligible to receive zakah then interest money can be given to them without the intention of reward as well as you may also give them zakah money.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband